Scottish poet and dramatist. Born in Motherwell, Lanarkshire, she studied at the Glasgow School of Art. Her characteristically ironic style as a poet is displayed in collections such as Memo for Spring (1972), The Grimm Sisters (1981), Dreaming Frankenstein and Collected Poems (1984), and The Colour of Black and White: Poems 1984–2003 (2003). She has also written plays inspired by literature and history, including Blood and Ice (1982), based on the life of Mary Shelley; a version of Bram Stoker's Dracula (1985); and Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off (1987). She has translated Molière's Tartuffe into Scots (1985) and Medea of Euripides (2000). Perfect Days (1998) is a comedy dealing with modern maternity in the age of surrogacy.